Welcome to South Paw Bed & Bath!

South Paw Bed & Bath is situated in beautiful Smithville, Tennessee and has proudly served pet owners in DeKalb and other surrounding counties for more than 20 years.

Pet Boarding

The trusted establishment offers a loving, safe and clean “home away from home” retreat for your pet. The experienced staff offers personalized, dependable pet care while you are away and will easily earn your trust with your treasured family member.

The facility offers visiting guests a low-stress stay with climate controlled indoor/outdoor accommodations, deluxe sunroom suites and spacious cat condos. The serene country setting and interesting views are sure to keep your pet occupied and content until your return. Your biggest concern will be convincing your pet to go home when your trip is over.

Pet Grooming

South Paw Bed & Bath also sports a well-equipped grooming salon to provide most grooming needs for your pet. Whether your pet needs just a bath, nail trimming, or a full grooming service, our experienced groomers will pamper your pet with great care and love. We regularly attend seminars to keep up to date with new products, latest grooming techniques and current styles.

Making Dreams Come True

Angela’s love for animals has enabled her to be in the pet care industry for most of her life. She began volunteering for a veterinarian when she was only 15 years old. She then enjoyed working as a vet assistant for over 15 years. Her career in the veterinary field changed its course somewhat with the birth of her son. Motivated by her strong desire to be a "stay at home mom" along with her love for animals, she began pet sitting for friends and family. She was instantly hooked! Angela stated,

angela and bill davis

"I find my work very satisfying to be able to enjoy all the different breeds and their various personalities. To know that I can love, care and keep them safe and happy until the owners come home is very rewarding."

After three years, her growing business gave her the opportunity to expand and build her dream. With the encouragement of local veterinarians, family and friends, her dream came true and a new kennel and grooming facility, South Paw Bed & Bath, (Angela is a lefty) was built in 2000. Now, 19 years later, many changes have taken place. One thing will always remain the same, Angela, her husband Bill, and caring staff at South Paw will always strive to offer your pet the best service they can give for years to come!

Meet Our Staff

mary and duke


South Paw has cared for Mary’s pets for more than 17 years. She and her sister brought their poodles to us when they were just toddlers. Mary is the young lady that came to work for me as a kennel and bathing assistant nearly 7 years ago.  Her dedication and hard work have developed her into a confident and excellent pet groomer.  Her skill and compassion with her craft is obvious with just observing her work.  Not only is Mary a devoted pet care professional she efficiently manages many aspects of the business.  Mary attends continuing education seminars and proudly received her CPR Certification this year. 

debbie garner


Debbie Garner is the sweet voice and warm smile you will receive in the morning when visiting South Paw.  Debbie’s many years of caring for her own busy family, her beloved pets and farm animals make her a perfect fit for South Paw.  Debbie is not above bribing the fur babies with kisses and treats to ensure everyone feels spoiled and loved.  Her intuitive feel she has for animals is a plus!

matthew keaton


Matthew Keaton is the young man (yup Kenzie’s little brother) that you’ll see mostly in the evenings at South Paw.  I have never met a more dependable young man as this one. He’s been at South Paw for nearly 2 years, is an excellent high school student and an officer of the FFA.  Matthew’s quiet and calm manner will win over the most rambunctious tiger.  He wears many different hats at work and you may even see him mowing the lawn or taming the llama in the field out back. 

briona agee


Briona Agee is the outgoing young lady you will meet in the evenings and on Saturdays.  Once your fur baby hears her friendly voice and feels her gentle touch they will melt. Briona is a high school student that has been with us for almost 2 years.  Her fur babies at home include 2 beautiful Siberian Huskies and a spoiled rotten poodle named CoCo.  Her positive energy and smile is very infectious to both 2 and 4-legged creatures!

Customer Reviews

I've taken my fur-babies to Southpaw for 16 years.
They are excited when we pull up in the driveway.
It's a family tradition to tell then that they are going to vacation bible school.

L.G. of Smithville, TN

I board my dog at South Paw regularly. I could not be more pleased with the level of service and care that Alex (my dog) and I receive. Miss Angela truly cares about the pets left in her care. This is reflected in the amount of personal attention that each pet receives. The entire facility is spotless and the dog runs are the nicest of any I have been to. Plus Miss Angela is so friendly...we hate to leave! "Alex" and I could not be happier with his "home away from home"!


To be greeted with such a loving heart & smiling face definitely makes our drive worth while. It is very comforting to leave our babies in such good care. My husband & I think of our poodles as our "babies" and as parents look for good child care, we also look for a loving groomer. When we leave our dogs for their pampering, we know they are in the best of care. Angela always takes time to visit with us each morning as we drop off our poodles for their day at the "doggie salon" and every evening as we pick them up smelling & looking like a million bucks. She is always very informative on anything that she feels need attention concerning their health. I feel as if she truly loves our babies. My husband is very particular on who he allows to take care of our dogs, and as he says "There is NOBODY else that we would trust". Thanks to Angela for loving our babies & taking care of them as we would do ourselves.


Angela, My husband & I would like to say thank-you for a great job well done while boarding our Jack for a week. The phone calls & pictures you sent us made us feel like Jack was right at home! Jack's personal belongings were all returned in the condition I sent them in. Everything was ready for me when I picked Jack up. I did not have to wait in a long line or have to wait for you to gather his stuff I had sent with him. Rather, you are very organized & keep a nice place. I would recommend Southpaw to anyone. If I have to board Jack again, I would not think twice about where he will be staying! Thanks again for everything.

J & C of Smyrna, TN

Our experience with South Paw has always been top notch for the past 16 years.

G.H. of Smithville, TN